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The Life and Posthumous Writings of William Cowper. In four volumes

By William Harvey

1803-1806 - Chicester - J. Johnson

11" by 9", xii, 413; 422; xxxi, 416; 122pp

 

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An early edition and complete set of Harvey's famous biography of Cowper.

Complete in three volumes, with a supplementary fourth volume: 'supplementary pages to the Life of Cowper, containing the additions made to that work, on reprinting it in octavo'.

'With an introductory letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper'.

Volumes I and III feature engraved frontispieces, and Volume III features an etching of Cowper's monument by William Blake. 

The supplementary fourth volume features a frontispiece, 'engraved by Caroline Watson, Engraver to Her Majesty'.

William Hayley (17451820), poet and biographer, was born on 9 November 1745 in Chichester, Sussex. Hayley revelled in being close to talented people; he enjoyed bolstering their confidences, forwarding suggestions for their career advancement, and providing seclusion at Eartham, near Chichester, Sussex (where he had moved in 1774), so that their work might continue uninterrupted. He attempted to exert a near absolute control over his friends, guiding their personal and professional lives. Some, such as George Romney and William Cowper, appreciated his suggestions and willingly acquiesced to his advice but others, William Blake included, rebelled against the suffocating friendship and preferred to distance themselves from this well-meaning man and conduct a cordial relationship from afar. Life of Cowper (1803) was a major and successful work which, including further editions, earned Hayley nearly 11,000, although perhaps this was due more to the enduring popularity of Cowper than to Hayley's own literary merit. DNB.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's wraps. Externally, wear to the extremities. Marks to the boards and darkening to the spines. Spine labels chipped. Internally, binding loosening in places, with p.419 of Volume II detached but present. Some scattered spotting. Copperplate ink signatures to the half titles. The front free endpaper of Volume III is partially adhered to the pastedown. Overall: GOOD ONLY.

 


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